Friday, June 10, 2016

International Archives Day: Minister calls Nigerians to deposit papers with National Archives

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Wednesday called on prominent Nigerians and institutions to deposit their personal papers and presentations with the National Archives for future reference. Mohammed, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba made the call during his welcome address at the marking of the 2016 International Archives Day.

 Mohammed said that such act would ensure that posterity had access to what those prominent Nigerians and important institutions contributed to the development of the country and the society at large. Mohammed also explained that records were raw material through which archives were synthesized, adding that they were important because they provide evidence of activities and tell more about individual and institutions.

 He stressed that archives tell stories and increase sense of identity and understanding of cultures. The minister said that many states in the country now had their own archives. Earlier, Mr Umar Abdulyekin, the Director of Nation Archives calls on Nigerians to support and encourage the archives by contributing to its collections. Newsmen report that those at the occasion include Justice Alfa Belgore, former Chief Justice of the Federation, Hon. Odeniye Olusegun, a member of the Federal House of Representatives.

Others were Hon. Timothy Idyu, the Director-General, Benue State Bureau of Archives and other Directors in the Ministry of Information And Culture. The event was organized by the National Archives of Nigeria and 2016 edition represents the 9th year of the celebration of archives worldwide. The theme of International Archives Day is “Archives, Harmony and Friendly’’. The first edition of the day was held in Tokyo, Japan in 2008 and the date is a reflection of the birthday of the International Council of Archives established on June 9, 1948.

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